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The Importance of Treating Gum Recession

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Gum recession begins when the gums begin to pull away or recede from the teeth. This can happen to patients at any age, and may even happen if you are a regular brusher and flosser that always sees a dentist or periodontist. Unfortunately, some factors that affect gum recession are outside of your control.


If left untreated, recession can create serious problems for your oral health. Gum tissue should fit around every tooth similarly to a cuff. When the gums recede, the tissue pulls away from the tooth, often leaving the root exposed. The root surface lacks the hard enamel covering that protects the outer covering of the tooth, leaving it vulnerable. At this point, the exposed tooth may be more sensitive to temperature and prone to decay.

What Causes Gum Recession?

There are a number of factors that come into play when talking about what causes gum recession in Gainesville, VA, including:

• Hard bristled toothbrushes or tooth brushing that is too hard
• Ill-fitting partial dentures
• Periodontal disease
• Injury or trauma to gum tissue
• Genetic predisposition for weak or thin gums
• Tobacco use and smoking
• Muscles that move the gums out of place
• Prominent tooth roots

The cause of your recession will help Dr. Kharmouche to choose the correct method of treatment in order to improve your oral health.

Treatments for Gum Recession

Treatment can be as simple as showing you how to brush right to prevent new damage, or may be treated with scaling and root planing or other surgeries. The level of recession will determine which treatment approach the doctor takes, and every case is unique. Rather than take a one size fits all approach to treatment, Dr. Kharmouche will customize your treatment plan to work for your teeth and mouth.

Call Us Today

If your gums are receding and you fear for the future health of your mouth and teeth, give us a call today at 571-261-4867 to schedule an appointment with a specialist.

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